Javid Bowen
Three-year deal

North Queensland Cowboys’ leading try-scorer in the NYC under-20s competition, outside back Javid Bowen, has signed a three-year contract to join the Cowboys’ NRL squad.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding 2013 season, crossing for 13 tries in 10 matches and developing into a strong defensive force out wide for the Cowboys.

He has now played 22 NYC games and scored 18 tries for North Queensland.

Bowen’s 2013 try haul has included a hat-trick against the Bulldogs in round 13 in his return game following an ankle injury and doubles against Newcastle, Canberra and Penrith.

He’s averaging 113.6 metres per game in attack this season with a high of 174 metres against the Raiders in round seven.

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“We’ve been really pleased in how Javid has developed his game since he came to the Cowboys last season and he’ll really benefit from being part of the full time NRL squad,” North Queensland’s recruitment manager Adrian Thomson said.

“He’s shown that he has what it takes to make the step up from under-20s football to the NRL.”

Javid is the nephew of Cowboys games record holder Matt Bowen and, like his uncle, attended Abergowrie College near Ingham.

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